A View from the Deck: Divided we are Failing

In this instalment of 'A View From the Deck', local author J. Wiley Dumas talks about how diversity has gone too far, and has created a chasm among average American citizens.

Some brilliant individual once stated that “United we stand, but divided we fall.”
(Aesop originally said in in one of his fables, but Patrick Henry was the
person most Americans attribute it to, but that’s not the point.)

In the original woodcut that the now-famous Gadsden (Don’t Tread on Me) Flag
borrowed from, Benjamin Franklin depicted a snake severed into several parts,
these parts representing the various colonies. The saying on the woodcut was ‘Join or Die’.

Franklin was trying to tell the people that they had to put aside their individuality
and form together as a WHOLE, with the diverse issues of the people of the
individual colonies secondary to the issue that was most important…


And yet everywhere we look nowadays, some special-interest group is out screaming for its recognition as an individual, separate part, rather than becoming a part of the whole. The whole, in this case, being our country...


Diversity is NOT always a good thing. Not back in Franklin’s time, and most assuredly, NOT in our world today. In order to face the future, a future full of uncertainty, we MUST join together. We must put aside individual differences. We must be ONE. We must become that which our Founding Fathers envisioned. We must, as the woodcut stated, 'Join or Die'.

Diversity has gone too far, and has created a chasm within our country among average AMERICAN citizens. Why must we draw attention to pointless, superficial differences, when we are all, first and foremost, AMERICANS?

Why, rather than calling ourselves African , Hispanic, Asian, or European, thus drawing attention to our differences, can we not simply take pride in being called

When people chose to come to this country, for whatever reason, should they not
embrace their new homeland and celebrate it, rather than attempting to turn it
into a colony of the country they left? And did they leave their former country because they were happy there?

“Divide and Conquer.” Ever heard that? That was said by Julius Caesar as he prepared to cross the Rubicon and enter Rome, changing it from a Republic into an Empire.

Caesar divided the people from the Senate on issues and ended up conquering
Rome in mere days.

But that could never happen here, right?

Are you sure it hasn’t already?

At the time of this writing, Americans, ALL Americans, are more heavily split over
socio-economic issues than at any time in our county’s history, and many of the
edumacated, degree-laden, pontificators of pointless theorems continue to exacerbate the problem, by insisting that we must “Envelope our individual and cultural diversities and cling to them, remaining true to our native heritage, and never allow ourselves to become indoctrinated into the masses and losing our grip on our true culture.”

What a crock!

I’m not going the belabor the issues of unfair hiring practices and quotas in this
blog, nor am I going to call attention to the purposeful incitement of racial
tensions, many brought about by some of the well-known civil rights groups (the
ACLU being the biggest inciter of these) in our country.

I’m also not going to share my disgust over the foreign flags flying over people’s
homes or businesses, or the language barriers that have resulted by those that
refuse to learn to communicate with fellow Americans.

And I'm certainly NOT going to go off on illegal immigrants.

Rather, I’m going to tell you a story…

There once was a cook, a great cook, who was about to share his latest creation with the rest of the world. A stew. A stew unlike any other ever before, one that
combined exotic ingredients from all over the world.

He set about preparing his stew, but a man that liked salt came to him and said
“You need more salt. The salt brings out flavors.”

So, wanting to please the man, he added more salt.

“You need more pepper,” Another told him, one that liked pepper, so, again, wanting to please the man, he added more pepper.

“More celery,” one said. “More meat,” said another. “No, the basil overwhelms the thyme, add more.” And so it went, on and on, the cook making certain that each ingredient stood out.

The time came to present the stew before all the world, and people lined up to taste this fabulous creation…

And each of them spat the stew out of their mouths onto the ground, saying that it was “Too salty,” or “Too much pepper,” or even “Not enough basil.”

The cook’s reputation was ruined, so he went home , vowing to never again cook. His wife left him, the bank foreclosed on his home, and he ended up on the street, and in a drunken stupor, was run over by a garbage truck.

Do you get it yet? If so, let me know.

If you disagree with my observations, well, that’s your right, as an AMERICAN.

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Think Positive October 02, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Who is the $16 Trillion owed to? Take a look. http://www.cnbc.com/id/29880401?__source=yahoo%7Cusgovtdebt%7C&par=yahoo
Think Positive October 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
So, we as a people, fight back. Don't take on any new debt. And do everything you can to pay off your existing debt. And honker down. That's right honker down. That is how WE regain power. The Free Will of the People. Power in numbers. They need us more than we need them. You're only a debt slave if you choose to be one. Most people put themselves in shackles, so now they have to break free. I realize it's not going to be easy. But, what is? My husband and I are totally debt free and have been for decades. We've always lived "below are means" and saved, saved, and saved. We enjoy the company of our family and friends. We share in good times, lots of laughs, good food and your choice of libation (in moderation of course). What more is there? People need to realize that the "Stuff" isn't important. We do have some say in this. We just say "No".
Think Positive October 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Who owns your home once you've paid off the mortgage? You do. The one with "NO DEBT" is the one that survives and thrives. Pay off that mortgage. Give up the dinners out and the Cable TV Bonus package, and pay off the mortgage. You'll be glad you did. Who owns your home until they get that last nickel of your mortgage? Well, they own only the portion for which you still owe them for. Any accrued equity is yours, provided you have any. Any if you don't have any equity, well then I'd say you're in over your head. You should have rented. Buying a home is a Huge responsibilty. One that many shouldn't take on. If you don't have at least a 20% downpayment, then you shouldn't buy. Sure, the debt master will tell you differently. For they want you to be a debt slave. That's how they make their money. Those that owned their homes for years and then used them as ATM's and burden themselves with new mortage debt can only blame themselves. No one but themselves. They are the ones that have to "honker down" the most. Homeownership isn't for everyone, and should'nt be. Nothing wrong with renting. Actually in today's economy, if you're younger, you're better off renting for you're more mobile. Leaves you open to more job opportunties in other parts of the country and world
Daniella Ruiz October 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
a nation bankrupted of it's own core goal, and that is, to remain free of a monarchy system that itself demanded allegiance to a powerful/wealthy, lineage oriented king or queen. it was synonymous to the land ownership enjoyed by those past monarchy's who owned and controlled the majority (all?) of a defined country's natural assets. (or other wise a scattered, constantly defended, bunch of changing smaller territories within a single land mass) feudal obeisance to the king/queen meant virtual servitude, non-ownership of shelter and land, endless work to offer up payments/taxes to be allowed to exist on that land and complete abandonment of personal will or self decision. (in other words, be a total brown nosing suck up or you are 'outed') you were either 'with' the king or against the king/queen. consequences were final and usually fatal. (cold thump of head hitting the ground here) Fed will declare themselves (ahem) bankrupt and leave the taxpayer with perhaps 1 percent of their net worth. the Fed will seemingly 'vanish', and re-emerge as some other 'new' cockamamie named entity. (standard means of many scam artists, fraud perpetrators and so forth) bingo, instant inflation of 1000 percent, and the only ones left able to 'pay' for anything are those few (relatively speaking) who have amassed billions of the 'old money' from the prior system. (almost close to what we have now)
Daniella Ruiz October 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
we all share one thing and that is, a distributed ability to use each, our own abilities for a common good. let's not waste it on frivolous side-trips or by handing it to those who already have too much.


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